The new Audi A3 Sedan is part of a dying breed of premium sport sedans in America. Most ‘Mericans no longer want compact sedans, instead opting for small crossovers. Which is why we were excited to test the A3 Sedan in Colorado a few months back. Our own Chuck Vossler was the one to test it and came away surprisingly impressed. But how does it do with the Savagegeese duo behind the wheel?
In this new video from Savagegeese, they check out the Audi A3 Sedan to see if it’s special enough to warrant its $40,000-plus price tag.
Admittedly, at more than $40,000, the Audi A3 Sedan isn’t off to a great start. Cars like the Acura TLX are cheaper and come with similar specs. However, the A3 doesn’t impress more than that car with its interior or its driving dynamics. It doesn’t’ seem to feel like a premium enough product to justify its cost. And when you compare it to other premium brands’ offerings at its price point; the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe; it just doesn’t have their levels of luxury and build quality.
For example, Savagegeese felt that there were too many cheap plastics in the cabin, more so than its Mercedes and BMW rivals. Not only that but its engine felt a bit sluggish and, despite having a typically-quick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, its downshifts were painfully slow. Which is disappointing in an Audi, as you expect a level of sportiness and response from the four rings and the A3 Sedan doesn’t seem to have either.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. The tech inside the cabin is great, the seats are comfortable, it looks great, and it has a nice sized trunk. The Audi A3 Sedan also has a good suspension setup, that’s just soft enough to be comfortable but also firm enough to feel capable and competent. And the Haldex all-wheel drive system seems to work well in corners.
Maybe the combination of attributes; tech, comfort, style, and all-wheel drive system; is enough to make it worthwhile. But if you want something more specialized; sportier, more comfortable, or more luxurious, you might want to look elsewhere.